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  • Create Overlay Failed Error in WinDVD

    Posted on April 23rd, 2007 Andy Parkes 15 comments

    Just a small tip to pass on

    I had a customer who couldn’t play DVD’s on his laptop using WinDVD 

    The error was “Create Overlay Failed”

    The program suggests lowering the screen resolution

    I had a look on the Intervideo support pages and found this

    Basically there is a list of three things to try but the first one is usually the cause

    The remote desktop sharing feature was enabled on the laptop. I disabled it and DVD playback was enabled!

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    Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. He is also Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013 and coordinates AMITPRO which is a peer group for IT Professionals in the Midlands area. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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    15 Responses to “Create Overlay Failed Error in WinDVD”

    1. Thank you!! Thank you!!! Thank you!!! I’ve been getting that stupid “Create Overlay Failed” error in WinDVD forEVER!!! Your blog is the only place where I found the link to the answer! Thank you SO much!!!

    2. Vincent Pinchart

      Merci beaucoup ! Ton blog est la première entrée quand on entre la recherche “create overlay failed”. J’ai pu solutionné mon problème, et désinstaller définitivement Netmeeting… Vincent, Belgique

      In english : Thank you very much ! Solution found with your post.

    3. Thanks for this – solved my problem!

    4. )$”&)%&% hell. Brilliant – come on Microsoft get it sorted. Turned NetMeeting off and whoopie WinDVD works again. Was also stopping Media Player 11 and RealPlayer working as well. Many thanks

    5. vijya nand jha

      Thanks, its works… .

      But I am unbale to undestand how they are related.
      Anyways.. gud learning.


    6. Got this stupid error for months…. Thanks for posting the answer on this blog!

      Gratz MSFT! Another reason why people should migrate off Windows!!!

    7. I got into this trouble too… Thanks for your answer but I’m unable to find out what “remote desktop sharing feature” is, how to open it, etc… (I’m not so good at “computering stuffs”) I got no idea. Can you or anyone explain it to me? I’ll be very very appreciate.

    8. Hi Halley

      This is the easiest way

      You’ll probably have an icon on the start menu / notification area (near the clock) that looks the globe

      Right click it and it’s the right one you’ll the option to disable netmeeting desktop sharing

      If not you could probably disable the actual service in control panel

    9. Wow, I didn’t expect to have a reply this fast. I’m sure very very appreciate. Thanks a lot. But… I’m so sorry that I still got no idea what you’re talking about (hope you don’t get mad). I think it’s just that my computer is different from yours, maybe because of our different countries. I’ve never heard or used Netmeeting, maybe it’s not so common here where I live. Anyway, I found the solution myself. WinDVD can’t play the DVD when I put in, but it still can play the files in my computer. So I open the DVD and play each files instead of let it play the DVD by itself. And amazingly, it works! Still, thank you 🙂

    10. Thanks a million. Got this problem sorted at last.

    11. You might check your hardware acceleration under Display Properties > Settings > Advanced > Troubleshoot > make it Full

    12. Thank f**k for that! 12 months at least before I stumbled onto this. Nice one

    13. hi both wmp & win dvd will not play

    14. kellsheds,

      I’ll need a bit more information before i can offer any assistance?

      Do you get any errors messages? What exactly happens?


    15. Andy,
      Thank you for the great tip. I am speaking for myself and wouldn’t doubt that a lot of people will agree that you have saved me much grief not being able to get rid of such an annoying problem, especially when my laptop video was working before. Netmeeting was the cause in my case.

      Thanks again.

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